Team Science Challenge

Department of Medicine Team Science Challenge

Team Science is an important means of advancing modern medical research. Awards from the UH Department of Medicine provide support for developing a major research proposal. The recipient teams will be multidisciplinary, derived from at least two divisions of the department and/or a department faculty member and others from departments outside of medicine, and be multi PI. Grants will have an initial annual budget not to exceed $25,000 in direct costs for each and be for up to one-year in duration. In the first year of funding, up to three grants will be awarded.


Co-Principal Investigators representing different disciplines are required. At least one of the Principal Investigators must be a member of the faculty of the UH Department of Medicine. Post-doctoral fellows, residents, graduate students and research associates are not eligible to apply for these research grants but may be an integral part of a proposal made by a faculty member.

This is an internal grant and NOT TO BE ROUTED through the CASE research offices.

For any questions regarding team science grants please contact W. Henry Boom, MD.

How to Apply

Application deadline: Deadline was August 1, 2019
Please send applications in PDF format to Patricia Robertson-Horwedel

Application Instructions

All applications must be typed, single-spaced, using a standard 11 or 12 font. Pages must be numbered consecutively at the bottom throughout the application. Type the name of the Principal Investigator/Program Director at the top of each printed page and each continuation page. Submit in the order listed below starting with the Title Page.

Download the Application Form

Title Page: Principal Investigators' Names; Departments/Divisions; Mailing Addresses; Phone numbers; Email addresses; Grant Title.

I. Budget
Provide a 12-month budget (not to exceed $25,000) plus matching funds as appropriate (do not include indirect costs) followed by a justification of budget items.

The funds received from this award MUST be used within the period specified. There will be NO EXTENSIONS.

Biographical Sketch/Other Support (For PIs and Co-Investigators)
First and second page (two-page limit) for bio sketch. Third and fourth page (two-page limit) for other support. If you have no current or pending support, include a statement to that effect.

III. Resources
Provide a description of the resources (i.e. facilities and personnel) available to you to support your proposed research activity.

IV. Description of Research Proposal (Subsections 1-7 not to exceed three pages total)

  1. Specific Aims (not to exceed 1/2 page)
  2. Significance (with implications for further studies and plans for seeking future outside support - not to exceed1/2 page)
  3. Background/Preliminary Studies (not to exceed 1 page)
  4. Experimental Design and Methods (not to exceed 1 page)
  5. Proposed ultimate funding source including existing or pending RFAs
  6. Roles of Major Investigators and Key Consultants
  7. Literature Cited (not to exceed 1/2 page)

V. Appendix (five-page limit)
Figures, tables, submitted manuscripts, etc.

VI. Letters of Support
Provide letters of support from appropriate collaborators/consultants.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by an oversight committee consisting of representatives from the UH Department of Medicine Research Committee. When appropriate, external reviewers will be used by the committee. Reviewers will provide a concise written report to the applicant. In making a decision, the committee will take into consideration the following items:

  1. Projects with strong scientific merit and likelihood of producing a competitive proposal
  2. Applications must be multi PI
  3. PIs must come from at least two divisions in the UH Department of Medicine
  4. Preference will be given to proposals that include PIs from other departments as well as the UH Department of Medicine
  5. Preference will be given to proposals with matching funds from other departments

Reporting Requirements

Grantees are required to submit a six-month interim and a final report at the completion of the year summarizing major activities and research findings, and to provide information on the funding status of the research initiated with this grant as well as related publications in each of the succeeding four years. Significant progress in program development at six months will be expected to release the second half-year of funding.

Past Awardees

  • 2018 - Clark Distelhorst, MD and Eli Bar, MD; Folshade Otegbaye, MD, MPH and Andrew E. Sloan, MD, FACS; and Aman Rajpal, MD and Mohammad Q. Ansari, MD
  • 2016 - Sourabh Shukla, PhD, Alan Levine, PhD, Nicole Steinmetz, PhD; Nagaraju Sarabu, MD, Christopher Hoimes, DO, Robert Abouassaly, MD; Miguel Quinones-Mateu, PhD, Guiseppe Strangi, PhD, Jonathan Karn, PhD, Robert Salata, MD, W. Henry Boom, MD, Immaculate Nankya, MD, PhD
  • 2015 - Alvin Schmaier, MD, an Marvin Nieman, PhD; Donald Anthony, MD, PhD, and Saba Valadkhan, MD, PhD; Shigemi Matsuyama, PhD, Richard Zigmond, DVM, PhD, and David Wald, MD, PhD)
  • 2014 - Lyndsay Harris, MD, Ruth Keri, PhD, Gurkan Bebek, PhD; Carlos Subauste, MD, Fabio Cominelli, MD, PhD; Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD, Edward Greenfield, PhD